June 2008


Michelle Obama with Matthew Broderick on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday. (Abc Photo By Steve Fenn Via Associated Press)

Recently, some people in the press have chosen to take on Michelle Obama as the favorite villain to attack. It smacks of the kind of press that Senator Clinton complained about during her campaign. Do you call it sexist? Is it fair game? The most frustrating thing about it is the fact that in the case of Michelle Obama, the sexism takes a different twist. It would certainly be totally unacceptable If some called Senator Clinton, the former first lady, Bill’s “baby momma”. How about calling First Lady Laura Bush Georges’ “baby momma. To do so would no doubt bring forth cries of treason, not just from defenders of womens’ issues but from the country at large. Yet, in today’s atmosphere, there has been no outcry in defense of Michelle Obama. Why? Please read the following article and see what you think.

The Loud Silence Of Feminists

By Mary C. Curtis

Saturday, June 21, 2008; Page A17

Michelle Obama has become an issue in the presidential campaign even though she isn’t running for anything. An educated, successful lawyer, devoted wife and caring mother has been labeled “angry” and unpatriotic and snidely referred to as Barack Obama’s “baby mama.”

Democrats, Republicans, independents, everyone should be offended.

And this black woman is wondering: Where are Obama’s feminist defenders? Read on…

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The Presidential campaign for Senator Barack Obama has changed the way the internet is used for fund raising and information dissemination. Throughout the campaign his opponents have attempted stay up to speed and have tried to paint Senator Obama with their own brush. Senator Obama and his staff have brilliantly stayed off the attempts to smear and denigrate his beliefs. The latests addition to the My.BarackObama.com website is a site called “Fight the Smears”.

The site promises this: “What you won’t hear from this campaign or this party is the kind of politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon–that sees our opponents not as competitors to challenge, but enemies to demonize. Because we may call ourselves Democrats and Republicans, but we are Americans first. We are always Americans first.” -Barack Obama, June 3, 2008-

Each time a smear is noted by someone on the internet they are to forward the information on to this watchdog site. The smears and false statements will be addressed directly and quickly. Here are a few of the Smears already out there in the spider web and each is taken on directly and forcefully. Please read on…

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Smear:

Michelle Obama Says “Whitey” On a Tape

LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United

LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes “New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I’ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours.”

LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has “credible evidence that some indelible record exists” of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term “whitey.”

LIE: Blogger: “Tape was filmed between June 26th – July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.”

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 Barack Obama Press Pass   I recently received this email from a relative.  It contains lovely family photos covering the important people in Senator Obama’s life.  Please Stop for a moment, click here and :  Meet Barack……

Who is this man Barack and where did he come from?  A picture is worth a thousand words!
 Barack Obama I want youBarack Obama Hope2 ….Barack Obama Hope

Barack Obama is giving his family the best present he could think of this weekend after winning his titanic primary contest with Hillary Clinton: some of his time.

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Obama Photo Gallery

WHERE DID HE COME FROM?
FATHER and  MOTHER

MOTHER and SON
Barack Obama and Mother 
FATHER and SON

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Barack Obama Sr. poses with his son in the Honolulu airport during Obama Sr.’s only visit to see his son while he was growing up in Hawaii . Young Barack was in the 5th grade
when the photo was taken.
Barack Obama Sr
Barack Obama Sr., a native of Kenya , met his future wife while they were students at the University of Hawaii . In 1963, he essentially abandoned his family to continue his studies at Harvard.

Grandparents and Mom

Barack mother and grandparents
THE DUNHAMS: precocious, self-assured
Stanley Ann (left); her impetuous father,
who named his only child after himself;
her mother, Madelyn, the quiet, firm
influence in the home.

At their home in Jakarta , Ann Dunham poses in this undated photo with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, their daughter, Maya, and Barack Obama.
Barack Obama mother stepfathher sister
Mom, Sister and Barack
Barack Obama mother and sister
WHAT ARE GRANDPARENTS?  

Barack with grandfather

Barack Obama and grandfather

Barack Obama with his maternal grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham during a 1982 visit to New York , where Obama was attending Columbia .   (Courtesy of The Obama Family
Barack Obama and grandparents

Barack Obama walks with his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama at his father’s house in Nyongoma Kogelo village, western Kenya , in Aug. 2006.   (AP file)

 Barack Obama and grandmother kenya

Barack Obama with his grandmother, Sarah Hussein Obama, in Africa   (Courtesy)

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Family

Barack Obama and Kenya family
In this Obama Family photo are: (bottom row, from left) half-sister Auma, her mother Kezia Obama, Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Hussein Onyango Obama and unknown; (top row, from left) unknown, Barack Obama, half-brother Abongo (Roy) Obama, and three unknowns.   (Courtesy of the Obama Family)
FATHER
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Barack Obama as a toddler.
(Courtesy of Barack Obama)
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Barack Obama toddler2
Barack Obama as a child.   (Courtesy of Barack Obama)
Barack Obama 4 Barack 5
Barack walks along Waikiki Beach shortly before he and his mother moved from Hawaii to Indonesia to live with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, in 1967.
Barack on beach
Barack poses with his mother, Ann, half
sister, Maya, and maternal grandfather
Stanley Dunham in Hawaii in the early
1970s after the family returned from
Indonesia.  Neighbors remember the
close relationship between young
Barack and his grandfather.
Barack mother sister grandfather 

A page from Barack Obama’s senior yearbook features his personalized message to family, friends and teammates. (Photo from The Oahuan yearbook / March 23, 2007)
Barack Obama hugs his younger half sister Maya at his high school graduation
Barack and sister at HS grad

 
Barack Obama shakes hands during his graduation ceremony from Punahou School in 1979. While in his early teens, Obama chose to stay at the school and live with his grandparents after his mother decided to move back to Jakarta , Indonesia.
Barack at grad HS

At his high school graduation, Barack Obama gets a hug from his grandmother Madelyn as his grandfather Stanley beams. His maternal grandparents raised Obama in Hawaii while his mother was living in Indonesia .
Barack grand parents at HS grad

 
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s half sister, teaches her Education in American Society class at the University of Hawaii ..
Barack's sister

The wedding day of Barack Obama Jr. and Michelle LaVaughn Robinson……   (Courtesy of the Obama Family)
Barack Obama wedding1 
Barack Obama wedding2

Barack and  first born
Barack and first born

Moments with Dad…

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THE FAMILY
Obama family1 
Obama family2 
Obama family3 

 

Quotations:
‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.’

Barack and Michelle…Family photos

Barack and Michelle

Leah Daughtry and the DNCC logoI was thrilled to receive the following notice concerning the upcoming coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.   Please stay tuned.  This blog will stay abreast of what is going on at the DNC.  Thankfully we will all be able to see the beautiful world through the spider web.  Please read on:

Take Political Action <dlblount1@yahoo.com> wrote:

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We Won!!! State Bloggers Corp Award African American Bloggers

Posted: 30 May 2008 09:43 AM CDT

Diverse Blogger Pool Selected for 2008 Democratic National Convention

It turns out that a record number of blogs will receive credentials for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. And it appears that the DNC leadership took time to consider the issue of diversity in this round of selections.
I am very proud of the African American bloggers who raised the red flag when the State Bloggers Corp was announced earlier this month. I am very proud of the private discussions and the very public discussions that allowed the DNC to correct a potential controversy from extending further into the summer. The end result is that our powerful politically-based Black bloggers in the afrosphere will be connecting the rest of us to the sights and sounds of a truly historic event in Denver later this year.
Villagers — WE WON! Never before have blogs been included in such strong numbers and provided with resources that will enable them to be the eyes and ears of so many at the Convention.
The following blogs have been credentialed:

  1. 2008 Democratic Convention Watch – http://demconwatch.blogspot.com/
  2. 43rdStateBlues.com – http://43rdstateblues.com/
  3. AFL-CIO NOW Blog – http://blog.aflcio.org/
  4. African American Political Pundit (BBR #87) – http://aapoliticalpundit.blogspot.com/
  5. AMERICAblog.com – http://americablog.com/
  6. Asian American Action Fund Blog – http://aaa-fund.com/
  7. Badlands Blue – http://badlandsblue.com/
  8. Bagnews Notes – http://bagnewsnotes.com/
  9. Beliefnet – http://beliefnet.com/
  10. Bitch Ph.D. – http://bitchphd.blogspot.com/
  11. Blogger News Network – http://bloggernews.net/
  12. Blogging For Michigan – http://bloggingformichigan.com/
  13. BlogHer – http://blogher.com/
  14. Blue Hampshire – http://bluehampshire.com/
  15. Blue Indiana – http://blueindiana.net/
  16. Blue Jersey – http://bluejersey.com/
  17. Blue Mass. Group – http://bluemassgroup.com/
  18. BlueGrassRoots – http://bluegrassroots.org/
  19. BlueNC.com –http://bluenc.com/
  20. BlueOregon –http://blueoregon.com/
  21. Buckeye State Blog – http://buckeyestateblog.com/
  22. Burnt Orange Report –http://burntorangereport.com/
  23. Calitics – http://calitics.com/
  24. Campus Progress – http://campusprogress.org/
  25. Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis –http://divasblueoasis.blogspot.com/
  26. Change to Win –http://changetowin.org/
  27. Colorado Confidential –http://coloradoconfidential.com/
  28. Cotton Mouth Blog –http://cottonmouthblog.blogspot.com/
  29. CracktheBell.com –http://crackthebell.com/
  30. Crooks and Liars –http://crooksandliars.com/
  31. culturekitchen –http://culturekitchen.com/
  32. Daily Kingfish –http://dailykingfish.com/
  33. Daily Kos –http://dailykos.com/
  34. Dallas South Blog (BBR #84) http://dallassouthblog.com/
  35. DCist.com –http://dcist.com/
  36. Democracy Arsenal –http://democracyarsenal.org/
  37. Democracy for New Mexico –http://democracyfornewmexico.com/
  38. Democratic Party of the U.S. Virgin Islands –http://groups.yahoo.com/group/democratvi
  39. Democratic Underground –http://democraticunderground.com/
  40. Democrats Abroad Argentina –http://yanquimike.com.ar/
  41. DemoOkie –http://demookie.com/
  42. Digby’s Hullabaloo –http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/
  43. Disaboom.com –http://disaboom.com/
  44. Doc’s Political Parlor –http://politicalparlor.net/
  45. DoubleSpeak –http://doublespeakshow.com/
  46. Eschaton –http://atrios.blogspot.com/
  47. EverydayCitizen.com –http://everydaycitizen.com/
  48. Fired Up! –http://firedupmissouri.com/
  49. Firedoglake –http://firedoglake.com/
  50. Florida Progressive Coalition –http://flaprogressives.org/
  51. Future Majority –http://futuremajority.com/
  52. Georgia Politics Unfiltered http://georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com/
  53. Green Mountain Daily –http://greenmountaindaily.com/
  54. Grist Magazine –http://grist.org/
  55. Group News Blog –http://groupnewsblog.net/
  56. HispanicTips.com –http://hispanictips.com/
  57. HorsesAss.org –http://horsesass.org/
  58. HummingbirdMinds Blog –http://hummingbirdminds.blogspot.com/
  59. iLind.net –http://ilind.net/
  60. Indianz.com –http://indianz.com/
  61. Jack and Jill Politics (BBR #9)http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/
  62. Jusiper –http://jusiper.blogspot.com/
  63. Keystone Politics –http://keystonepolitics.com/
  64. KnoxViews –http://knoxviews.com/
  65. Las Vegas Gleaner –http://lasvegasgleaner.com/
  66. Left In Alabama –http://leftinalabama.com/
  67. Left in the West –http://leftinthewest.com/
  68. Michigan Liberal –http://michiganliberal.com/
  69. Minnesota Monitor –http://minnesotamonitor.com/
  70. MOMocrats –http://momocrats.typepad.com/
  71. My Left Nutmeg –http://myleftnutmeg.com/
  72. MyDD –http://mydd.com/
  73. New Nebraska Network –http://newnebraska.net/
  74. NewsOne.com – http://newsone.com/
  75. No Rest for the Awake –http://minagahet.blogspot.com/
  76. NorthDecoder.com –http://northdecoder.com/
  77. Obsidian Wings –http://obsidianwings.blogs.com/
  78. Ohio Daily Blog –http://ohiodailyblog.com/
  79. OliverWillis.com (BBR #5) – http://oliverwillis.com/
  80. Open Left –http://openleft.com/